"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
John 1: 1

Ms. Margie Gillis, Assistant Director
ph (902) 539-6188 ext 237
or toll-free: 1-800-656-5311


The Liturgy Office promotes the vision of the Second Vatican Council, from the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy, under the guidance of the Bishop of the Diocese.  The Liturgy Office:

  • promotes full, conscious and active participation of the laity
  • provides formation opportunities
  • assists in the ongoing development of the liturgical life of parishes through support, direction and leadership.

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The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, #11).
In the Eucharistic liturgy and our prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we encounter God’s presence in personal and profound ways. But the Eucharist is also social, as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in Deus Caritas Est: “A Eucharist which does not pass over into the concrete practice of love is intrinsically fragmented.”

The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity, calls us to right relationship with God, ourselves and others, invites us to community and solidarity, and sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighbourhoods and world. Church teaching, rooted in both Scripture and Tradition, emphasizes both the personal and social natures of the Eucharist.

On May 13th our the Liturgy Office of the Diocese of Antigonish presented our 4th Annual Liturgy
Videoconference: Eucharist and Mission With present Marilyn J. Sweet we will explore this theme and
it’s implications for the living out of our faith.

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Presenter for our May 13th Videoconference: Eucharist and Mission.

Marilyn comes to us from Halifax and the Annapolis Valley. A lifelong
Catholic, she has always been intrigued by what we are doing in our
worship, and what it all means. Once her three children went off to high
school, she went back to school herself, completing the Master of Divinity
degree from Atlantic School of Theology. She served in the Archdiocese
of Halifax (Halifax-Yarmouth) for twenty years. She began by serving as
Liturgy Director and continued to work in several pastoral areas until
retiring in 2012. As a writer, she has been a regular contributor to the
Novalis Sunday Missal and prepared material for the St. F. X. Diploma in Ministry program. She has taught in adult faith development programs across Canada. Marilyn is now developing a private practice in the field of Mediation and Conflict Resol












If You Only Knew: The Meaning of Eucharist for Today

(video link)
Liturgical Videoconference 2016
Presenter: Fr. Bill Burke

Decree on the Washing of the Feet

Bishop Brian Dunn offers two documents for reference:
The Washing of the Feet Decree
The Washing of the Feet Commentary


Roman Missal

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
Pastoral Notes for the Celebration of the Eucharist in Light of the Revised Roman Missal

Liturgical Commission:
Bishop Brian Dunn
Rev. Conrad Edwards, Chair, Director
Ms.Margie Gillis, Assistant Director
Rev. Bill Burke, Liturgical Resource
Ms. Debbie Aker, Faith Formation Consultant
Ms. Ann MacNeil, Art and Environment Resource
Rev. Jim Oliver
Ms. Pat Gillis
Sr. Mary Gouthro, csm
Rev. Mr. Berkley Guthro
Mr. Roger Hill
Ms. Regina Tate







Guidelines - Diocesan

Guidelines for Funerals
Guidelines for Readers: updated November 2016
Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Ministres Extraordinaire

Guidelines - General

Actions and Movements
Role of the Altar Server


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

List of Parish Resources



Music at Mass (Novalis)

Celebrate in Song chants of the Roman Missal


Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Sacrosanctum Concilium
Bishop Dunn's Presentation


Copyright Laws and Guidelines

CCCB Guidelines


CCCB Publication Links
(to come)



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